Saturday, July 20, 2013

About the Society

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The Charles Homer Haskins Society’s name commemorates and honors one of the United States’ most eminent medieval historians, Charles Homer Haskins (1870–1937).  A major influence in American graduate education, he taught many fine students, some of whom taught senior members of this  society.  His work on the Normans, the twelfth-century renaissance, medieval science, and the rise of the university was seminal, and he effectively pioneered the study of medieval culture as an autonomous field. The Haskins Society is dedicated to the promotion of his many and varied interests, including, but not limited to Anglo-Saxon, viking, Anglo-Norman and early Angevin history, and the history of neighboring areas and peoples.

Although primarily a society of historians, the Haskins Society welcomes historically minded archaeologists, art historians and literature specialists, and encourages them to submit papers to our conference and journal, The Haskins Society Journal.  

The Society holds its annual conferences in November at Boston College; additionally, it organizes and sponsors scholarly sessions at the International Congress of Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan in early May of each year and at the Leeds International Medieval Congress each summer.

s an Affiliated Society of the American Historical Association, the Haskins Society organizes joint Haskins-AHA sessions at AHA annual meetings. The Haskins Society also cooperates closely with the Battle Conferences on Anglo-Norman Studies. The Society numbers more than 200 scholars, drawn from the United States and Canada, many from Britain, and others from France, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Australia, and elsewhere.

Our journal is issued annually.

Officers of the Haskins Society
   Chris Lewis, President
   Graham Loud, Vice President for Britain & Europe
   Robert Berkhofer, Vice President for North America
   Sally Shockro, Conference Director
 Robin Fleming, Associate Conference Director
   W. Scott Jessee, Executive Secretary
   Mary Frances Giandrea, Treasurer
   Claire Dutton, Associate Treasurer (UK & Europe)
   Kenji Yoshitake, Associate Treasurer (Japan)
   William L. North, Editor of the Haskins Society Journal
   Steven Isaac, Webmaster

Councilors of the Haskins Society
  Bruce O’Brien (Immediate Past President)
  Emily Albu
Richard Barton
Brendan Smith
Hirokazu Tsurushima
Laura Gathagan
Nicholas Paul

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

2013 Conference Schedule and Suggestions for Panelists

The 32nd Meeting of the Haskins Society

Boston College

October 25–27, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013


Welcome and the C. Warren Hollister Memorial Lecture

Presiding: William North, Carleton College

'Mores tuos fabricae loquuntur'. Building activity and the rhetoric of power in Ostrogothic Italy
Maria Cristina La Rocca, Università degli Studi di Padova

1:15-1:30 break


Session 1: England’s Troubles in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries
Chair: Tracey-Anne Cooper, St. John’s University

The Bishop’s Authority: The Legal Rhetoric of Wulfstan’s So-Called Peace of Edward and Guthrum
Jay Paul Gates, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

A Franco-Danish Marriage and the Plot against England
T. Heebøll-Holm, The Saxo-Institute, University of Copenhagen

2:30-3:00 coffee

Session 2: Texts and Identity in the Early Middle Ages
Chair: Austin Mason, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Sanctity and Authority in Bede’s Saints’ Lives
Sally Shockro, Merrimack College

A Hypothetical Slave in Constantinople: Amalarius’s Liber Officialis and the Mediterranean Slave Trade
Shane Bobrycki, Harvard University

The Matrix of Bede’s Old Testament Exegesis: The Commentary on First Samuel
Scott DeGregorio, University of Michigan, Dearborn

4:30-4:45 break

Session 3: Rethinking Authority, Politics and Conquest
Chair: Richard P. Abels, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis

Regionality and conquest: revisiting the Norman Conquest of the North
Aleksandra McClain, University of York

Politics, Sex and Violence in the Borders of the Bayeux Tapestry
Howard Clarke, University College, Dublin (Emeritus)

Bertrada of Montfort in Chronicles and Charters: A Mirror for Historians of Politics and Society in 11th- 12-Century France
Kimberly A. LoPrete, National University of Ireland, Galway

Contested Authority in England and the Afterlife of Thomas Becket
Joseph P. Creamer, Fordham University

6:45 reception at the McMullen Museum of Art

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Session 4: New Perspectives on Violence in Medieval France and England
Chair: Belle S. Tuten, Juniata College

Did Orderic Vitalis Have a Concept of Violence?
Richard E. Barton, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

The Invention of “Evil Customs” and “Banal Lordship” in Post-Medieval France
Tracey L. Billado, University of Staten Island

Royal Violence in England, c. 1066 to c. 1272
Stephen D. White, Duke University 

10:00-10:30 coffee

Session 5: The Twelfth-Century Church and its Troubles
Chair: Emily Winkler, Jesus College, University of Oxford

“A Flame in the North:” Bishop Ranulf of Durham and the Progress of Clerical Reform in the Early Twelfth-Century English Church
William M. Aird, Edinburgh University

Follow the Money: Ecclesiastical Politics and Financial Fraud in Late Twelfth-Century Paris

Mia Münster-Swendsen, Roskild University  

The Religious Patronage of St Martin-le-Grand during the Anarchy, 1135-1154
Joanna Lamb, The Catholic University of America

12:00-1:00 lunch (History Department)

Public Discussion on the State of the Haskins Society

Presiding: Chris Lewis, King’s College, London

As the society prepares to move to our fifth venue, we will hold a general discussion on the ways in which we would like to shape the conference and the society in the future, and discuss a variety of topics, including 1) the chronological and geographical bounds of the society 2) the role of interdisciplinarity, 3) areas that we do not now cover that we should, 4) the balance between papers and time for discussion.

2:15-2:30 break


Session 6: Legislating the Other: Jews, Muslims, and Foreigners in Medieval European Legal Sources 
Chair: Christine Senecal, Shippensburg University

A Hermeneutical Feast: Interreligious Dining in Early Medieval Counciliar Legislation
Gregory Halfond, Framingham State University

The Economic Regulation of Muslims in Medieval Sicily

Timothy Smit, Eastern Kentucky University

The Útlendisma∂r in Iceland––Merchants and Monsters
Jeffrey Hartman, University of Minnesota

4:00-4:30 coffee

Session 7: Curial Imaginings: Representation and Critique of the Papacy and Curia in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries
Chair: Jason Glenn, University of Southern California

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine...": Legitimacy, Representation, and the Politics of Information during the 'Pravilegium' Crisis 1111-1116
William North, Carleton College

Ad limina apostolorum: perceptions of the papacy in German chronicles of the early twelfth century
Thomas McCarthy, New College of Florida

7:30 Party at Robin Fleming’s house

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Session 8: Chronicles, Nationalities and Marches: Cistercian Historical Writing in Scotland and Wales
Chair: Constance Berman, University of Iowa

The View from Melrose: a Cistercian Chronicle’s Perceptions of England and the English from the Anglo-Scottish Borderlands
John Reuben Davies, University of Glasgow

English Annalistic Sources in Welsh Tradition
Georgia Henley, Harvard University

Rethinking the Chronicle of the Princes
Owain Wyn Jones, University of Bangor

10:00-10:30 coffee


Session 9: Learning and Authority in the Long Twelfth Century
Chair: Charlotte Cartwright, State University of New York, Oswego

Fighting to be the Tallest Dwarf: Invidia in the Self-Conception of Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Masters
Corinna Matlis, Cornell University

The Originality of William of Newburgh
Michael Staunton, University College, Dublin

Charters and Hospitality in England during the Long Twelfth Century
Paul Hyams, Cornell University

12:00-12:15 break


Session 10: Conflicts and Depredation
Chair: Emily Albu, University of California, Davis

The Diplomatics of Depredation
Thomas Roche, Archives départementales of Nièvre

The Magna Carta conflict (1215-17) and the French
Daniel Power, Swansea University

1:15-2:15 lunch (History Department)

A gentle reminder for those giving papers:
The point of giving a talk is as much about the questions and the conversation that arise during the Q&A period, as it is about the paper itself. Because of this, you are asked to stick closely to your allotted paper-giving time of 20 minutes. A 20-minute paper is generally a 10-page, 12-point-font typescript. Please be courteous to your fellow panelists and come prepared to give a paper of this length. Panel Chairs will be instructed (with, of course, a couple of minutes grace) to keep their panelists to time. We would all like to hear your conclusions, but will be robbed of the pleasure, if you have been dragged off the podium by your Chair.

For those needing AV equipment other than a microphone:
Please send your request, before October 15, to If you will be using PowerPoint, make sure, when you download your presentation onto a flash drive.  We support both PowerPoint and Keynote.

You will need to bring copies of your handout with you to the conference. Eighty copies should suffice.

You can download a copy of the conference schedule here.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Our 2013 Featured Speaker

We are pleased to announce our 2013 featured speaker will be:

Maria Cristina La Rocca, Università degli Studi di Padova